Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cure Magazine Focuses on TNBC

Cure magazine recently ran a comprehensive article on TNBC.  It was well-researched and balanced.  I love the introductory survivor story, plus the many quotes from docs who emphasize that the disease is survivable.  The writers used the statistic that 30 percent of TNBC cases are fatal.  That does mean that 70 percent aren't.  Still, to clarify, stage matters, and early stage TNBC is highly survivable, with some studies showing more than a 90 percent survivor rate.

And, after five years, survivor rates for TNBC are better than for non-TNBC.  So, yay there!

I was in the article's sidebar, which focused on the fact that the disease is far less ominous than some think.  My mantra:  Most women survive TNBC and go on to live long, meaningful lives.  I am seven years past diagnosis, and I know many women who are several decades past.  So take that, TNBC.  My favorite quote in the entire piece is in this sidebar, from Lisa Carey, M.D., of the University of North Carolina, who has an impressive record of TNBC research:


“People go online and Google TNBC, and they see all these scary stories. But a half-inch, node-negative TNBC tumor is not high risk, no matter what.” 

• Read more about TNBC in my book, Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

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2 comments:

Kim Vanderpoel said...

Thanks Pat for sharing this article. It is nice to read something a bit more positive and encouraging!

Julie said...

So glad to see this post. It makes me feel a little better. I got your book and so did my sister. We are reading like crazy.